|The meaning of a draped coffin
Meaning of Flag
All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is
an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our
founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our
Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated
about this Nation's history.
Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to
protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.
I hope you take the time to read this ... To understand what the flag draped coffin
really means ... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered
to so many widows and widowers.
Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the
numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the
United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies,
but we learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a
portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it
is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country,
in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'
The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge
allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation
under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they
protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death,
that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their
faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women
who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and
daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon
and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes,
God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding
them of their nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a
cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington,
and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades
and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.
In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.
Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the
symbol of ' Liberty and Freedom.'
MAYBE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD READ THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE THEY RENDER THEIR
DECISION ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
FORWARD IT; MAYBE SOMEONE WITH THE NECESSARY POWER, OR POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL
INFLUENCE, WILL GET IT TO THEM.
IN THE MEANTIME, MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS.
ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
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Bill Price, Commander of American Legion 257 in Laguna Woods, stands in front of the full scale
model of the Voyager 1 space craft on display at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in La Canada,
CA. that is currently heading into interstellar space. Bill is a retired physicist and worked on
radiation testing of all systems of the spacecraft to "harden" the electronics against the high
energy radiation fields at Jupiter during his career at JPL before his retirement in 1979. Bill was
part of a tour hosted by the Chicago Club, a Laguna Woods social club on Wednesday December 6th to
JPL that involved a 20 minute overview of the space program and its history, tours of the space
craft museum, the space craft assembly bay and finally Mission Control. It was a wonderful day
capped by talking with Bill about his experiences. Bill’s name was placed on the Voyager along with
all who worked on the program so somewhere in deep Interstellar space, the name William Price will
By Ron Kula
Post Member Dr. Dung "Iggy" Trinh is interviewed on Village Television about Alzheimers Disease. Click on the link below for the youtube video.
2017 BOY/GIRLS STATE DELEGATES
Kelly Dang (Mission Viejo), Varsha Nair (Trabuco Hills), Celine Wherritt (Laguna Hills), Evan Noce (El Toro), Christopher Cross (Laguna Hills), and Nicholas Hembree (El Toro)
The Boys and Girls State Delegates, each outstanding in achedemics, athletics and community service, gave the Post a talk about their experience at Boys and Girls State. They learned and experienced how the state government operates from the local to state level. They had the opportunity to run and campaign for elected offices. They were competing with other equally talented delegates which was described as intimidating. The Post is proud to have sponsored these truly outstanding young Ameicans.
BACK FROM HOUSTON
Dr. Dung Trinh (front row 2nd from right) member of Post 257 returns from Houston with team of volunteers.
Story from the OC Register (click here)
99TH AMERICAN LEGION CONVENTION
American Legion Post 257 Commander, Bill Price, attended this year’s National Convention in Reno, Nevada, held August 18 to 24th 2017. There were delegates representing every state in the union. There were Color Guard contests and many committee meetings to discuss issues of importance to the Legion. There was a parade on Sunday with the delegates from each state wearing identical colored t-shirts. The California delegation wore red. The viewing stand had the Top legion officers and some dignitaries. As each unit passed the viewing stand all members gave an “Eyes Right” and a salute.
President Trump was at the convention and gave a well-received address about veterans’ benefits. Immediately after the address he signed the “The Veterans Appeals and Modernization Act” on stage.
The American Legion National Commander for the new year was elected. It is Denise Rohan of Wisconsin, the first woman to be so honored. There were a number of dignitaries at the Convention. We were addressed by Senator Ted Cruz, who was given an Award for his work helping the Legion win a court battle over keeping safe war Memorials which contain religious symbols. Other Awards and speeches too numerous to mention here were given. All in all, it was a busy time. Next year’s Convention will be the 100th. It will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the very first American Legion Convention was held.
The speaker next Monday would be a great one for the Legion to hear. The speaker will be Linda Jeffries of the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin. She will be showing a video of their work with the homeless of Orange County. She will also be talking about a new shelter for homeless veterans called the Tustin Outpost.
They also have a ranch for alcoholic vets called the Mustard Seed Ranch near Temecula. It would probably be a great program for the American Legion. Lunch is $10, meeting starts at 11:45. Call or email Jim Burge at 949 830 9120 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
BILL PRICE ELECTED POST COMMANDER FOR FY 2018
Gifts to the Foundation come in all shapes and sizes, even in the shape of a wheelchair! On June 8, Vince Howley, medical aids coordinator for American Legion Post 257 in Laguna Woods, donated a brand-new wheelchair for Escort & Messenger volunteers. The wheelchair will be used to transport patients around the hospital. We are so grateful for this wonderful contribution that will benefit our patients. Thank you so much to Vince Howley and American Legion Post 257!
Wayne Yost, Dana Point VFW Post 9934 and Sam Higa American Legion Post 257 at Trader Joes in Aliso Viejo
NATIONAL POPPY DAY
MAY 26, 2017
HOSPITAL CORPSMAN THIRD CLASS STUART FUKE
TO SERVE AS
GRAND MARSHAL OF LAGUNA HILLS
2017 MEMORIAL DAY HALF MARATHON RACE
Stuart Fuke served in the United States Navy from 2007 - 2012 as a Hospital Corpsman, deploying twice to Afghanistan - once with 3rdBattalion, 5thMarines. During his second deployment to Afghanistan he was hit by enemy gunfire, which resulted in his medical retirement. Stuart was awarded the Purple Heart following his wounds in action, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor (NAM with V). Stuart is most proud of the second award because it reflects what he did, not what was done to him. Sections of the award citing multiple events are quoted below:
“…Without regard for his own safety, he ran through an uncleared lane to the front of the
Platoon to care for the wounded Marine...” “...Without regard for his own safety, he exposed himself to enemy fire to care for the casualty, ultimately saving his life…” “Hospital Corpsman Third Class Stuart Fuke’s intiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
Following his injuries, Stuart returned to San Diego where he underwent therapy for his injury. Though Stuart helped saved the lives of Marines, there were those he could not save, including one of his good friends who died in his arms, Corporal James Boelk. “We called him Baloo, after the bear in Jungle Book, because he was always very positive and good company,” Stuart recalls. Although they’d never met, James’ mother reached out to Stuart through letters and care packages when she heard he was struggling with despair. Through her care packages and letters, Stuart came to see and know strength in her that in turn gave him strength. He determined that if a Gold Star mother could turn her broken heart to helping others, he could too. Today, Stuart smiles when he speaks of her, and with affection refers to her as “Momma Boelk”. One of the marines whose life he was able to help save was Corporal Carlos Garcia (our 2014 Grand Marshal), whose children are now Stuart’s Godchildren.
Stuart completed his AA degree in Culinary Arts and is now working toward his BA in Hospitality, Food and Beverage. One of his duties while deployed was to prepare meals for the unit, and he found out that “I liked it when I cooked a meal that the Marines loved. That made me happy.” He credits his time in the service for learning what he enjoys.
Stuart agreed to serve as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Memorial Day Race because he wants to draw focus to the purpose and reason for Memorial Day. “Its okay to have a barbecue, or fun with your friends,” he says, “but take time out to think about and remember who we are honoring.” Stuart says. “I live and enjoy life to honor my friend James.”
Please come run in honor of Stuart’s fallen friends, and remember to stop by our EXPO booth to meet and shake his hand.
Tony Teravainen, President and CEO, of Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) is presented a $1,000 donation from Post 257 Service Office/Quartermaster. STEP's mission is building financial self-sufficiency with our young military, veterans and their families through financial counseling, emergency grants and other support programs.
See https://www.stepsocal.org/ for more information about STEP.
2017 GIRLS STATE DELEGATES
In the photo from left to right: Pat Burr, Girls State Chairman; Varsha Nair, Trabuco Hills H. S.; Celine Wherritt, Laguna Hills H. S.; Kelly Dang, Mission Viejo H. S.; Vanda Bresnan, Post 257 Commander.
ANNUAL DONATION TO MARY FAY PENDLETON SCHOOL
“Veteran Honor Ride”
Sunday, November 6, 2016, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army and the American Legion Post 716 Family proudly presented the Second Annual Veterans Honor Ride (motorcycle rally), saluting our Nation’s Veterans. This year, the organizers changed the route of the ride to include passing the WW II Submarine Memorial. Ed Arnold contacted the Sea Cadets and 70 of them “Manned the Rail” outside the main gate and saluted the riders as they rode past. The Orange County Register and The Los Angeles Times graciously donated considerable space with lengthy articles and lots of photos. Many thanks for their publicity! The proceeds of the event benefiting the Military and Veterans Resource Center at the Joint Forces training Base, Los Alamitos. The center is the "go to" location for the delivery of benefits to our local military community. The center provides assistance to more than 1,500 Troops, Veterans, and their family members each month. Members of all branches of the service who enter the facility can get assistance including: emergency financial support, employment, education, finances, V A support, legal assistance, and healthcare. These services are available before, during, and after unit deployments. After 15 years of protracted fighting, our Veterans and their families are in need of our help - The Center is an essential provider of that support.
Note: Post 257 has made donations supporting the Joint Forces Training Base.
I genuinely want to thank you as well as The American Legion Post 257 for the wonderful opportunity to attend Boy’s State. Chandler and I both had several amazing experiences at our states capital, whether it was meeting our assemblyman or learning the ins and outs of our local, county and state government. While there I ran for the county level position of tax assessor. I took several speech classes in preparation for my campaign and had the opportunity to deliver my speech to over 250 people. This was a phenomenal experience for me due to the profound amount of skill that I obtained in order to make other speeches in the future. I was successfully elected as my county’s tax collector and assessor allowing me to work directly with our elected governor and be exposed to many new ideas and face even more learning opportunities. Aside from the food Chandler and I agree that Boy’s State had absolutely zero negative aspects and we are proud to vouch for the legitimacy of the program and what it can do for anyone who is interested in politics. The program had the perfect blend of camaraderie as well as actual work in order to ensure that every individual there had a good experience and was able to make lifelong friends. Many people that I met at Boy’s State will be my friends for years to come.
Again I appreciate the opportunity that you gave me by designating me as one of the representatives to attend Boys State. This has truly been a wonderful experience that I will remember for a lifetime.
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